The government is putting in place new tax requirements for applications to certain licences from 4th April 2022. This is supported by a new digital service which is being developed by HMRC. It assists people in the taxi and private hire trade to complete a new tax check.

Most people are registered to pay tax, and this is about ensuring everyone pays the tax they should, creating a level playing field for the compliant majority. HMRC are working with industry bodies to make this as straightforward as possible. The check should take a few minutes every few years and is simply to confirm that someone is appropriate registered for tax.

You will need to complete a tax check when you renew your licence as a:

  • Dual Driver (hackney carriage and private hire).
  • Private Hire Vehicle Operator.

After you have completed the tax check you will be given a 9-character tax check code. You will need to provide this code on your licence application. Please note: You will not be granted a licence if you do not provide a valid tax check code.

Please read the Tax check factsheet – GOV.UK so you can understand what will be required as this will apply to all renewals and new applications.

In order to complete an online tax check you will need to set up a Government Gateway at Account Use at Government Gateway user ID – GOV.UK.

For any information please refer to Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications from April 2022 – GOV.UK or contact the Licensing Team at:

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